Big Apple Car, Inc. Named 2013 "WBE Done Deals Champion" By The Women Presidents' Educational Organization

Black Car/Luxury Ground Transportation Provider Recognized for Highest Number of Contracts Completed in a Stellar Year for Women-Owned Business Enterprises

NEW YORK, Sept. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Big Apple Car, Inc. was honored with the 2013 "WBE Done Deals Champion Award" last Friday during the twelfth annual Breakthrough Breakfast hosted by The Women Presidents' Educational Organization (WPEO).


The Done Deals Challenge tracks the success of WPEO-certified Women-Owned Business Enterprises (WBEs) in accessing business opportunities with Fortune 1000 companies, WPEO corporate members and the government. Big Apple Car was named "WBE Done Deals Champion" for reporting the most Done Deals – or completed contracts – with other WBENC-certified WBEs and local WPEO Sponsors.

Diana Clemente, the President of Big Apple Car, Inc., stated, "We are thrilled to receive this award from the esteemed Women Presidents' Educational Organization. I would to thank everyone at the WPEO for their work in promoting WBEs, as well as our WPEO sponsor clients for their support of Big Apple Car and all women-owned companies. I would especially like to thank the drivers, chauffeurs and staff of Big Apple Car, whose commitment to providing superb customer service is the primary reason we have amassed the most Done Deals for the second time in three years."

Clemente continued, "Congratulations to the other award winners, especially Bank of America and Time Warner Inc., two of Big Apple Car's valued clients. We are proud to be included among all of the honorees. This has been a great year for WBEs, and we hope this signals an ever-building recognition of the value of doing business with women-owned companies."

According to the WPEO, this was a record-breaking year for WBEs certified by the organization, with over 45,000 contracts completed between March 31st 2012 and April 1st 2013, representing a 221% increase over the previous year. At least 25% of the completed contracts reported in the most recent time period are attributable to Big Apple Car.

"Thanks to WBEs such as Big Apple Car, we've seen landmark growth in the number of Done Deals reported over the course of the last year," said Marsha Firestone, Ph.D., President and Founder of the WPEO. "The program is a valuable way to connect WBEs with potential business partners. It supports our mission to provide our WBEs with the kind of opportunities that foster connections between other WBEs, corporations, and the government," she said.

Big Apple Car was previously honored by the WPEO with a Done Deal Award in 2011. Earlier this year Ms. Clemente received the WBE Star Award, the nation's premier award for excellence among women's business enterprises, from the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), of which the WPEO serves as a regional partner.

About Big Apple Car, Inc.: Big Apple Car is one of the oldest black car services in the industry and the only major one to be certified New York State, New York City and WBENC as a WBE. For thirty years, clients have depended upon the company to transport them to their destination in a safe, comfortable and timely fashion. Big Apple Car's fees are reasonable, its fleet is superior, and its drivers are the most courteous and experienced in the business. While the primary service provided by Big Apple Car is luxury for-hire ground transportation for corporate clientele, the company also provides specialized services through two other divisions: VIP Gold, which provides luxury upscale, red carpet ground transportation service, and Echelon, its "green" division, which offers fuel-efficient, luxury-chauffeured transportation in Lexus hybrid vehicles. To order a car in the Tri-State area, throughout the country or anywhere in the world, call (800) 589-APPLE or visit the company's website at

About the Women Presidents' Organization: The Women Presidents' Educational Organization (WPEO) is a regional affiliate of the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the nation's premier third-party certification organization for women owned businesses. The mission of the WPEO is to create increased access to business opportunities for WBEs. Its programs develop skills and knowledge for WBEs, advocate in the public and private sectors, foster relationships between WBEs, corporations and the government, and provide certification services.

WPEO provides full service third-party certification to women entrepreneurs in the New York, Northern New Jersey (including Princeton and points north), Southern Connecticut and the Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia areas.  WPEO is incorporated in the State of New York and is recognized as a 501(c) (3) organization. For more information please

Media Contact: Maria Elaina Franc, Big Apple Car, Inc., (718) 234-1300,

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